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How we talk: the inner workings of conversation

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"We all had teachers who scolded us over the use of um, uh-huh, oh, like, and mm-hmm. But as linguist N. J. Enfield reveals in How We Talk, these "bad words" are fundamental to language. Whether we are speaking with the clerk at the store, our boss, or our spouse, language is dependent on things as commonplace as a rising tone of voice, an apparently meaningless word, or a glance-signals so small that we hardly pay them any conscious attention. Nevertheless, they are the essence of how we speak. From the traffic signals of speech to the importance of um, How We Talk revolutionizes our understanding of conversation. In the process, Enfield reveals what makes language universally-and uniquely-human"--
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subject_facetConversation
Discourse analysis -- Psychological aspects
title_displayHow we talk : the inner workings of conversation
title_fullHow We Talk The Inner Workings of Conversation
How we talk : the inner workings of conversation / N. J. Enfield
title_shortHow we talk
title_subthe inner workings of conversation
topic_facetConversation
Discourse analysis
Grammar & Language Usage
Language Arts
Nonfiction
Psychological aspects
Science